In partnership with the school, the library’s goal is to develop a community of passionate readers. The library program supports the teaching of reading by providing a huge variety of “just right” books for individual students to use as they practice. We hope that students will become real readers – people who not only know how to read but choose to read for pleasure and information. Toward that end, library time always includes an opportunity for students to hear quality literature read out loud. Our collection of engaging, varied, excellent books encourages children to have a healthy reading life that will last into adulthood. Children are drawn into the room and program by the array of shiny-jacketed books; the visits of guest authors, storytellers, parents, and pets; icicle-lighted displays; and most especially, by the magic to be found in the pages of a book!
The Winters Library collection and environment are deeply diverse and represent the richness of each individual and the world at large. Lower School students are encouraged to read broadly – and with an open mind – about people of all ages, genders, abilities, religions, and cultures. The best in children’s literature teaches the values of respect, responsibility, and community building. The library space “shouts” diversity and our celebration of it. The student art on the walls interprets artists and cultures from around the world. The library displays and collections encourage students to find both mirrors and windows into their own and other people’s perspectives.
Lower School children have weekly, scheduled visits to the library where they listen to the librarian read a picture storybook or part of a novel, practice a library or research skill, take a “poetry break,” hear about great books, and browse for new leisure reading titles. The librarian and the teachers also block out mutually convenient days and times when classes can come in to work on special research projects. The library is open before and after school, during recess and lunch with the exception of Tuesdays, and anytime students have finished their classroom work early. Kids are encouraged to use these times to exchange a library book, zip to a website or just curl up in a cozy bean bag chair for a few minutes of delicious sustained silent reading.
Toddler Story Hour
Get an early start on literacy with Toddler Story Hour. This fun Thursday morning event is designed for young children up to age 5 and their parents and/or caregivers. Come enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and learning all about the world of books with our Lower School Librarian. Snacks and coffee are available for participants. Click here to register for this event.
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